The Huffington Post recalled how Moscow last time massively reduced the U.S. diplomatic mission

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in photobacteria the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Archival photoThe Huffington Post recalled how Moscow last time massively reduced the U.S. diplomatic mission© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

Portal the Huffington Post spoke about the past up to current moment the case of mass expulsion of American diplomats from Russia, or rather from the Soviet Union.

It happened in 1986, and the American diplomats who worked in Moscow, shared with the portal his memories — in particular, about the difficulties they faced after the introduction of Union bans on employment of Soviet citizens in the U.S. Embassy.

According to a retired diplomat Steven Pifer, the task of Moscow was then «put the Embassy on your knees»: the locals performed everyday tasks like cleaning toilets and supply of milk. After the ban, the Americans had to adapt to such tasks themselves.

Diplomats introduced the shift schedule, in which they from time to time made a break in the performance of their direct duties and do the work that used to make Soviet citizens.

«I remember every two weeks instead of writing, I came to work in overalls,» recalls former diplomat John Herbst.

And Herbst, and Pifer told what they are doing: I went to the shipments, unloaded trucks, cleaned the bathrooms. Their spouses also took up the cause. Thus, according to Herbst, they treated the situation with humor.

As noted by the Huffington Post, soon after, Washington sent them to the aid workers. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the Embassy was again to hire local, which is in dire need.

Vladimir Putin on July 30 in response to a new bill on sanctions against Russia announced the downsizing of the U.S. mission in the country by 755 people. In addition, he announced a ban on the use of American diplomats cottages in Serebryany Bor and warehouse on Road street.